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Demand for green building materials to grow 13 percent annually through 2015
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Demand for green building products — buoyed by increased availability, environmental concerns, stricter building codes and a rebounding construction industry — is expected to increase by 13 percent annually to create a $71 billion market in 2015, states a forecast by the Freedonia Group. According to the study, concrete made from recycled materials is expected to soar by 24 percent annually between 2010 and 2015. More

NDA's new Disaster Response Program grows
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NDA regular member firms continue to respond to the association's Disaster Response Survey and provide the organization with information about the assets they would be willing to provide in times of a major national disaster. The National Demolition Association forwarded a questionnaire to every regular member explaining the association's new Disaster Response Program and requesting information about equipment and personnel that members could commit in times of a major national disaster. The association's new National Disaster Response Program is designed to provide the nation with access to demolition companies interested in responding to large natural or man-made disasters. The NDA intends to set up a national database of member companies available to respond to large events similar to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. The goal is to be able to identify interested member firms that can provide equipment and manpower in a timely manner.

The NDA intends to set up an 800 number that disaster response coordinators on the federal and state level can access to alert demolition companies to their needs. The NDA hopes to provide qualified second response capabilities on a national basis for large disasters while assuring prompt payment and limited liability.

Iowa landfill has a one-of-a-kind C&D program
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The Plymouth County Landfill has taken recycling a step further than any other landfill in Iowa. It is the first in the state to have a construction and demolition recycling program, said Mark Kunkel, landfill manager. Since starting in January, about 130 tons of asphalt shingles, wood without paint or stain, concrete and metal have been removed from the C&D area of the landfill, he said. More

2011 Environmental Excellence Awards on NDA website
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Information on the NDA's first-ever Environmental Excellence Awards presented at the 38th Annual Convention at The Mirage in Las Vegas is available on the NDA's website, Designed to highlight the NDA's commitment to its mission of providing the tools necessary for our members to be leaders in environmental stewardship, the 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards were presented to 11 NDA members at the 38th Annual Convention.

Application information about the 2012 Environmental Excellence Awards to be awarded in March 2012 at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio is available on the website. An article about this year's winners is also included in the May/June Post-Convention issue of Demolition magazine.

Construction materials costs being driven up by surging freight costs
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A significant part of the recent spike in construction materials costs — up 6.8 percent in the last 12 months — is due to the 7 to 8 percent rise in truck freight rates over the past year through March. Freight costs accumulate from the commodity source through processing and manufacturing, distribution and finally delivery to the job site. More

NDA to discuss regional training programs in Tuscon, Ariz.
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The Education Committee of the board of directors of the NDA, which surveyed the association's membership about the development and implementation of regional training sessions to be present around the country in the coming fiscal year. As part of the NDA's mission these regional educational programs will provide our members with cost-effective ways to train their employees in a variety of demolition-specific areas. Based on survey data gleaned from members in different parts of the U.S. and Canada, the Education Committee will propose a menu of courses to be offered in one- and two-day training sessions located in urban centers close to NDA members. The Education Committee will coordinate these programs with the association's other committees to identify instructors, course offerings and locations. These regional training sessions are part of a broad educational outreach to the demolition industry and are being held in concert with the association's Web-based NDA Learning System.

Missouri levee blast eases threat to Illinois town
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The dramatic, late-night demolition of a levee sent water pouring onto thousands of acres of Missouri farmland on May 3, easing the Mississippi River floodwaters threatening the tiny Illinois town of Cairo. But the demolition project did nothing to ease the risk of more trouble downstream, where the mighty river is expected to rise to its highest levels since the 1920s in some parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. Authorities were considering using techniques similar to the Missouri project to divert on oncoming rush of water. More

NDA announces enlarged booth size at 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio
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NDA announces enlarged booth size at 39th Annual Convention in San Antonio NDA Share Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article The National Demolition Association's 39th Annual Convention at the new Hyatt Regency on the Riverwalk and the Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio from March 11-14, 2012, will feature enlarged booth space for the event's exhibitors. The NDA has long wanted to adopt the "industry-standard" 10 X 10 booths and the layout of the 116,000 square feet that the association is using in the Gonzalez center will allow the organization to do this. It will mean that from now on the NDA's booths will be 10 X 10 used by most conferences and conventions around the world. The enlarged booth areas will provide exhibitors to show their products and services to the assembled demolition entrepreneurs.

Exhibitor information for the NDA's 39th Annual Convention, highlighting the Gonzalez Center, the new larger booth space and adjusted rates will be available in midsummer.

Metals benefit from addition of toxic waste
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Researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University have demonstrated the potential to keep millions of tons of toxic waste out of landfills while improving the performance and lowering the cost of some of manufacturing industries' most expensive raw materials such as aluminum and magnesium. Nikhil Gupta, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NYU-Poly's Composites Materials and Mechanics Laboratory, has reported the results of experiments designed to utilize fly ash — a toxic by-product of coal combustion — as an additive to create lightweight composite metal foams that can replace solid aluminum and magnesium in some automotive and consumer product applications. More

Tough-as-nails demolition trailers from Clement

With rugged efficiency Clement's DemoStar handles a variety of demolition materials. DemoStar’s Clement Bathtub body of abrasion-resistant AR450 steel minimizes weight while handling really tough loads. A characteristic of Clement’s bathtub design is longitudinal braces that efficiently support the body. Choose DemoStar in either frameless or frametype models. Learn More. 

Southern California Chapter NDA Golf Outing and Dinner
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The Southern California Chapter of National Demolition Association would like to invite you and your company to participate in the 22nd Annual Golf Outing and Dinner. The Chapter Dinner will be held June 21 and the Golf Tournament will be held June 22 at the Pacific Palms Resort in Industry, Calif. Click here for the golf registration form. More

Engineering greener construction
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The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery promotes the use of tire-derived products to help reduce the nearly 11 million tires that end up in landfills each year. Throughout the years, CalRecycle has investigated a variety of scrap tire diversion alternatives through its research and market development efforts, and to date projects involving rubberized asphalt concrete, civil engineering uses, energy recovery, molded rubber products and other tire-derived product applications have been explored. Of these applications, RAC and tire-derived aggregate used in civil engineering projects have shown the greatest promise for diverting a significant portion of tires. More

Demolition magazine looking for project stories
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Demolition magazine, the Voice of the Demolition Industry, is looking for project stories to showcase the exceptional work performed by NDA members. The magazine is designed to educate our industry's markets to the services that NDA members provide. Copies are sent bimonthly to the 500 largest general contractors in the U.S. and Canada as well as a broad range of other construction, real estate and architectural companies.

Demolition magazine provides NDA members with a great opportunity to tell people about the skills and assets they bring to the work they do. The project stories can be large or small, covering the broad range of demolition and environmental services provided by our members.

Project stories are easy to submit. Simply go to, the magazine website and upload your story with photos at the large red button on the home page that says "Send Us Your Ad." You can also contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412 about the story.

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Crane rigging: Essential data
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In order for crane rigging to be done safely, essential data must be passed along to those working on the crane. The following information must be made available and it must be accurate: weight of load, rated capacity, boom height/length/angle and load chart and lift radius. No matter what type of crane is being used, certain pieces of information are essential for a safe lift. More

NDA schedules board meetings in Arizona and North Carolina
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NDA President, Don Rachel of Rachel Contracting in St. Michael, Minn., has selected Tucson, Ariz., and Asheville, N.C., as the sites for the association's summer and fall board of directors meetings in 2011. The dates for the Tucson, Ariz., board meeting at the beautiful Marriott Star Pass Resort are June 24-25. In addition to planning for the next fiscal year and voting on the NDA's annual budget, the summer board meeting will feature a trip to Caterpillar's Proving Ground in Tuscon, Ariz., on June 24. Part of President Rachel's program to bring regular and associate members together, the trip to CAT's Proving Ground will provide attendees with an opportunity to look at Caterpillar's newest equipment and technology.

President Rachel has selected Asheville, N.C., the home of Volvo Construction Equipment in North America, as the site for the fall board of directors meeting. Similar to the summer directors' meeting in Tucson, Ariz., the fall board meeting will feature a tour of Volvo's North American headquarters in Asheville, N.C., as well as a trip to their equipment proving ground. The dates for the fall board meeting are Oct. 7-8 at the Grove Park Inn. The NDA hopes to schedule a tour of the historic Biltmore Hotel, summer home of the Vanderbilt's in western North Carolina as well as a dinner on Oct. 8 following the board meeting.

President Rachel encourages all NDA members to attend the board of directors quarterly meetings and participate in planning for the industry and the association's future. For more information about the board of directors' meetings, contact NDA headquarters at 1.800.541.2412.

6 social media metrics for small businesses to track
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A social media presence can help you grow your small business and form that all-important relationship with customers. But how do you know if you're doing it right? Or if it's even working? What are the social media metrics you should be watching to ensure your company is headed down the right path? More
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